NORFOLK -- The Norfolk police chief has a new crime fighting strategy for Ghent and some other neighborhoods.
Chief Michael Goldsmith will discuss community policing efforts in the Third Patrol Division area at Monday night's Crime Prevention banquet.
The pilot program starts November 12. Officers will work 12-hour shifts instead of 10-hour shifts, there will be two officers in each patrol car and bike patrol officers per shift will increase from five to eight.
Goldsmith says new officers will work with Community Resource Officers immediately after their 3-month training with Field Training Officers to learn how community policing is executed.
Increased patrols will be implemented in Larchmont-Old Dominion University, Ghent, West Ghent and 21st Street and the areas near Naval Station Norfolk.
Goldsmith says if the community policing effort in Ghent is successful, he'll expand it to other neighborhoods.
The banquet is at the Murray Center, located at 455. E. Brambleton Avenue, and all the civic leagues and patrol division Captains will be there.